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History

Intent

At Wigton Moor, everyone learns, everyone achieves and everyone matters. We believe a high-quality history education will help all pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim to inspire our pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past by bringing it to life in exciting ways. 

Teaching at Wigton Moor aims to equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups.

Our broad History curriculum at Wigton Moor encourages the children to gain a sense of their own identity within a social, cultural, economic and political background. There are also many links to other subjects across the curriculum. We encourage our children to build on previous knowledge that they have been taught before and use this to construct a historical understanding of events over time.

 

Implementation

Wigton Moor teaches the National Curriculum which can be seen in the documents below.  This starts with the EYFS early learning goals and progresses through KS1 and KS2.  We take a no ceiling approach to differentiation and through open ended tasks pupils with SEND and the most able can achieve well. We aim to enhance our pupil's learning by providing them with many exciting experiences which enable them understand how the life in the past has shaped or changed our society today.

The national curriculum for History aims to ensure that all pupils: 

- know the chronological narrative for how people’s lives have shaped this nation.

- understand and gain a deeper understanding of significant aspects of the history of the wider world

- understand abstract terms and vocabulary such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’

- understand historical concepts such as similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections

- understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims

- gain historical perspective by placing their knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between periods in history

 

Impact

Assessment for learning is embedded throughout each year group. Pupils use quadrants to assess their own knowledge and understanding at the end of the subjects that are taught. We know children learn more and remember more as they progress through school as the curriculum revisits key knowledge and skills. We encourage the pupils at Wigton Moor to be able to discuss and debate the impact that Historical events and significant individuals have had on our world today. We aim to inspire confidence in our pupils, so they are able to articulate and use these skills to become resilient, courageous and hopeful future citizens. 

National Curriculum Document

As part of our ongoing work and following our Ofsted Subject Survey of History (December 2019), we have made many positive adaptations to our History curriculum and teaching at Wigton Moor.

  • As a teaching staff, we have enhanced  our long term plan and included specific disciplines that are studied each year at Wigton Moor in relation to the National Curriculum.
  • The wide scope of the curriculum is covered. Moreover, there are clear opportunities for pupils to review previous learning and therefore deepen their understanding of certain topics.
  • One of the main focuses for our teaching is encouraging the pupils to make connections and discuss similarities and differences between aspects of history and time periods that they have studied in previous years.
  • We encourage the children to discuss topical issues to broaden their vocabulary and historical understanding of their effect on society today.
  • We have adapted our sources so the pupils study a wider variety of historical interpretations and can appreciate the importance of a historical enquiry.
  • We consulted the whole staff and asked them to suggest important world knowledge, buildings, people or events for discussion and have implemented these into a new assembly schedule.
  • We have sourced a brand new timeline which is situated along the KS2 corridor.
  • The History Lead has produced a new document showing the progression of skills in History at Wigton Moor. It features a section for parents so they can take part and support their child’s learning too. Please see below.

Progression of Skills Document

History Around School

Year 2 trip to Lotherton Hall - Florence Nightingale

Year 2 learnt all about the Great Fire of London through art, dance, drama and music

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